Elmer Smith Station has 5 groundwater monitoring wells, 4 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between February 08, 2017 and October 10, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of lithium, molybdenum, thallium, boron, sulfate, chromium, selenium, cobalt, radium and arsenic.Site description
Elmer Smith Station is owned by Owensboro Municipal Utilities in Owensboro, Kentucky. The station is located next to the Ohio River. The Owensboro Municipal Utilities announced in June 2018 that the 445 MW facilities' two units will be retired in 2020. Elmer has three ash ponds regulated under the federal coal ash rule. This area is less than 10 acres in size.
For more information on Elmer Smith Station, see EIP's report, Dirty Kilowatts.
For more information about Kentucky coal ash, see Earthjustice's factsheet, Coal Ash in Kentucky.